Gunnedah is situated on the Namoi River Valley and is the self-proclaimed koala capital of the world.
The population of Gunnedah is 9,349 and is comprised of approximately 50.9% females and 49.1% males. The median age is 39 and there is an Indigenous population of 972 (10.4%).
Gunnedah is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.
Gunnedah is a town in the north-eastern region of New South Wales and is located on the Oxley and Kamilaroi Highways 66km (41 minutes) from Tamworth and 332km (206 minutes) from Sydney.
Gunnedah is popular for Dorothea Mackellar who wrote her famous poem ‘My Country’ (also known as I Love a Sunburnt Country) about her family’s farm near Gunnedah. Gunnedah is home to one of the largest and healthiest koala populations in the country.
The closest regional airport is Tamworth, which is 50 minutes away. Qantaslink and Virgin provide daily return flights from Tamworth to Sydney, while Jetgo provides 8 weekly return flights to Brisbane.
There is the XPT Trainlink that has return daily trips to Sydney.
The major sources of employment in Gunnedah are:
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Education and Training
- Accommodation and Food Services
The Gunnedah Rural Health Service is a purpose built, multi-disciplinary, integrated primary health care centre located on the grounds of Gunnedah Hospital.
Gunnedah Hopspital is a modern 49 bed hospital that provides a high standard of general medical and surgical services including a slow stream rehabilitation unit and a day surgery care facility together with a public health dental clinic and a physiotherapy unit. Gunnedah emergency department is serviced through on call visiting medical officers and the obstetric unit services. Other services include chemotherapy, pathology, ultrasound, library, video conferencing/boardroom, consulting wings, observation ward, a hospice care unit, an elective surgery unit, general, orthopaedic and urology surgery, 2 minor operating rooms and an outpatient’s service.
Gunnedah Hospital has a helipad and can access the Westpac Helicopter Service and Childflight services to Newcastle.
Gunnedah is supported by an NSW Ambulance service.
Northwest Family Medical - Gunnedah
Gunnedah Council has two, two bedroom fully furnished units that may be available for rent, please contact the GP Synergy Rural Support Officer for details.
In Gunnedah there are 2 public primary schools, 1 Catholic primary school, 1 Christian primary school, 1 public secondary high school and one Catholic secondary high school.
- Gunnedah Public School
- Gunnedah South Public School
- St Xavier’s Catholic Primary School
- Carinya Christian School (K-6)
For young families the Gunnedah region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school. For more information on childcare options within Gunnedah, please click here.
Gunnedah has an Aldi, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, Target Country, Harvey Norman Electrical, Best and Less and a number of unique boutique stores.
There is also Gunnedah Shopping centre and a large number of retail shops including men and women’s boutique clothing stores, video ezy, Mitre 10, health, beauty and fitness shops, footwear and saddlery, furniture, computing equipment, art and craft, giftware and home appliances.
Gunnedah is located an hour from the major regional centre of Tamworth.
Places of worship located in Gunnedah include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Outreach Centre, Grace Christian Centre, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches.
Gunnedah offers its residents a perfect blend of a relaxed quality lifestyle combined with a high standard of community facilities, health and education needs and services.
Gunnedah has access to a wide variety of sporting and leisure activities, an indoor heated swimming pool, well maintained sporting ovals and parks, two court indoor basketball stadium and one of the best gymnastic centres in the state.
Gunnedah has many attractions including several important memorials, museums, national parks including Mount Kaputar, the Warrumbungle’s and Coolah Tops, as well as the Waterways Wildlife Park where you can get up and close to a koala or other Australian wildlife.
Many annual events occur throughout the year, including Australia Day Celebrations, Ag-Quip Field Days, Week of Speed, Gunnedah Show, Bird Expo, Equestrian events, Dog Shows, Porchetta Day and the National Tomato Contest.
Gunnedah’s cultural precinct incorporating the historic Town Hall, Civic Theatre complex and Bi-centennial Creative Arts Centre, is the hub of many community activities and attractions such as gallery displays, regular movies, theatre productions.